And so it begins- Orioles Opening Day lineup

The Orioles have set their Opening Day roster and they’ve got Jason Hammel on the mound against David Price on Tuesday. The O’s will have a workout at Tropicana Field here shortly and here are some notes from that…

*The Orioles Opening Day lineup is below with manager Buck Showalter going with Manny Machado second and Steve Pearce starting at designated hitter. Nolan Reimold will also start in left field, putting Nate McLouth on the bench as the extra outfielder.

“I like the presentation he gives us initially,” Showalter said of Machado. “I think Manny, sometime in his career, you could hit him in a lot of different spots. He’s a guy who’s running better. They did a lot of work with his form and some stuff with his running. When I first saw him as a young kid, he wasn’t running near as good as he’s running now. One, he’s trying to run, if that makes any sense. If you look at his technique early on, he was kind of a 10-to-2 guy. Brady [Anderson] has done some really good work with him. He’s picked up some foot speed.”
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold LF
Steve Pearce DH
Brian Roberts 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Sam Fuld RF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce LF
Yuniel Escobar 6
James Loney 1B
Jose Molina C
Kelly Johnson 2B

David Price LHP

*The Orioles have added Einar Diaz to the Major League staff, promoting him as an assistant coach, primarily to hitting coach Jim Presley.

“There are somewhere between 17 and 20 teams taking advantage of the new rule,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, referencing Major League Baseball’s rule change that allows a seventh coach to be in the dugout or bullpen this season.

“He throws a real, real good batting practice, which is very valuable. We lost a good arm in DeMarlo [Hale[. And you’re talking about 162 games. I’ve had Einar as a player. Einar is just a solid human being. He’ll fit in real well in the clubhouse. Seamless. I won’t say he was trying out, but I was looking at him potentially being that guy and it really seemed like a good fit for both of us. Einar makes us better.”

*The Rays have announced that tomorrow’s game is sold out, marking the organization’s eighth consecutive home Opening Day sellout.

 

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